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Houston Astros 2008 local TV schedule announced
02/07/2008 5:31 PM ET
Local rightsholder FSN Houston today announced the 2008 Houston Astros television schedule. FSN Houston will carry 130 games and four Spring Training telecasts, while KTXH My 20 takes over as the new broadcast home for Astros baseball with a 31-game package.

Highlighting this year's schedule is a substantial increase in the number of games produced in high-definition. All home games and selected road games will be presented in high-definition and will be carried on FSN HD and KTXH HD. FSN HD is available to high-definition customers in Houston on Comcast Cable Channel 302, DirecTV Channel 639-1, and Dish Network Channel 366. KTXH-HD is available over-the-air and also is carried on DirecTV Channel 20-1. A complete Astros HD schedule will be announced later.

"We've made a commitment to give Houston sports fans what they've been asking for by continuing to increase our production of high-definition programming," said new FSN Houston Senior Vice President/General Manager Steve Tello. "Astros fans this year will enjoy more games in high-definition than ever before. Together with our new broadcast partner KTXH, our telecasts promise to be among the best in Major League Baseball."

"We are thrilled to add these Houston Astros telecasts to the My20 lineup," said KTXH Vice President and General Manager D'Artagnan Bebel. "This is a significant extension of our station's partnerships with Houston's premiere sports franchises."

"The Houston Astros are proud of our partnership with FSN Houston," said Astros Senior Vice President, Communications Jay Lucas. "Our fans will continue to be provided with a high-quality broadcast along with the talented Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies providing the play-by-play and analysis of our games throughout the 2008 season. We welcome our new partner KTXH-My20 and we are very excited that all home games and selected road games will be broadcast in high-definition. The HD telecasts are a great showcase for both the Astros and Minute Maid Park, and we look forward to FSN Houston's ability to utilize this technology to bring Astros fans closer to the action during the 161 telecasts during the year."

Regular-season coverage begins on FSN Houston with the Astros' season opener in San Diego on Monday, March 31 at 9:00 PM CT. The team's home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, April 7 at 6:00 PM CT also will be telecast on FSN Houston.

KTXH will broadcast every Sunday game during the season and four weekday games in April, beginning on Tuesday, April 1 at 9:00 PM CT during the Astros' season-opening series against the San Diego Padres.

Spring Training telecasts on FSN Houston are scheduled for Monday, March 3 at noon CT against the New York Yankees and Sunday, March 16 at noon CT against the New York Mets from Kissimmee, Fla; Sunday, March 23 at noon CT against the Atlanta Braves from Orlando, Fla.; and Friday, March 28 at 7:00 PM CT from Minute Maid Park against the Detroit Tigers.

Games carried on FSN Houston also will be telecast regionally on FSN Southwest in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of New Mexico. When there are programming conflicts in FSN Southwest markets, Astros games will be carried on FSN Plus, a second channel available to participating cable systems.

Veteran baseball announcer Bill Brown begins his 22nd season in 2008 as the television voice of the Astros. He'll be joined by former Astros pitcher Jim Deshaies, who is back for this 12th season as analyst.

ASTROS LIVE pre- and postgame shows will complement FSN Houston's game coverage. The 30-minute programs hosted by Kevin Eschenfelder will include game previews, highlights, player profiles, clubhouse interviews, manager Cecil Cooper's postgame press conference and perspective and analysis by Astros announcers and former player analysts. ASTROS LIVE home game shows will originate from a set in the Minute Maid Park Crawford Boxes in left field.

Contacto con los Astros, the team's official Spanish language television program, returns on FSN Houston. The 30-minute program broadcast in Spanish and closed-captioned in English provides insight into Astros players, coaches, and front office members.

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